Cheyanne Laux participated in an REU at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign to help her decide which discipline of chemistry she should pursue in graduate school and to boost her graduate school résumé.
She spent 10 weeks working in a lab under the direction of a University of Illinois professor. The research project involved synthesizing a tetrazadiene compound for the chemical vapor deposition of silicon nitride film for the micro-electronics industry. She became familiar with the argon glove box and Schlenk line techniques, and she learned how to rigorously prepare samples and analyze them. She also refined her problem-solving skills.
“I loved the exposure I received to both graduate life and research topics,” she says. “I discovered my love for discovery once again, and it further reinforced my decision to go to graduate school.”